Glenn talks with Paul Reiter


Paul Reiter

GLENN: Now, we have Paul Reiter on the phone with us. He is in New York. He's a member of the World Health Organization. He's an expert on infectious diseases. He's a guy, you don't know his name, Paul Reiter most likely but he was one of the guys that was a reviewer for the IPCC report. He didn't agree with the conclusions and he said take my name off, I don't want to be part of the 2500 scientists. He had to threaten litigation and finally they took his name off. Hello? Hi, Paul, how are you, sir?

REITER: Hello there. I can hardly hear you.

GLENN: Paul has never done a talk show in America before. So this is your first exposure. We'll be gentle with you, Paul.

REITER: Could I just make a correction here?

GLENN: Sure.

REITER: I'm not a member of the UN or of the IPCC. I'm the professor at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Now, the event that you talked about happened in '99 for the third assessment report. I was a contributory author and the report writing goes through a series of drafts.

GLENN: Right.

REITER: And the first two drafts, the things that were being said were quite ridiculous and I've pointed out from the science what was wrong with what was being said and as you said, there was no notice taken of it. So I decided to withdraw. And withdrawal was difficult because they said, okay, we accept your resignation. Then I saw the next draft and it had my name on it. So I said, I don't want my name on it. And they said, well, your name goes on it because you've been a part of the process. And I said, well, I don't want my name because I haven't contributed anything. You haven't listened to anything I said. So then it got to be nasty and in the end they dropped my name from the final draft.

GLENN: Paul, have you talked to other scientists that found themselves in the same boat but maybe haven't taken it as far as you have?

REITER: I know that there are -- I don't know the number of them, but this has happened before. There was a very well known case of a hurricane specialist from Florida who was upset -- upset, what shall I say, was very unhappy about his particular field and he withdrew with a public letter and because they had wanted to keep his name on the report.

GLENN: Right.

REITER: And so I believe this happens quite a lot. You also ought to realize that this so-called 2006 of the world's top scientists, to my mind it's not really a good representation. To begin with, it's a United Nations organization and it means that those top scientists have to be selected from the 149 people who have signed the climate change convention or whatever. And that means that you have many people on the author list who are not scientists at all, who have very, very little knowledge of the science. And so in some ways there are many issues that are -- I will only tell you about my field because my field is the mosquito borne or the diseases transmitted by insects. The original reports, particularly in '95 and 2001, were quite ridiculous in many ways. Since then I must say things have improved.

GLENN: Well, I saw the Al Gore movie and they said that the, you know, that malaria will go out of control because of global warming.

REITER: Well, it's far too complicated to explain to you here really, but the -- I saw the movie, too. You probably remember the little animation of the mosquitoes moving up the mountain to Nairobi? Do you remember that?

GLENN: Yes, yes.

REITER: Well, that is one of the ridiculous things that is being bandied about by the global warming people. Let me tell you the details. Nairobi was not, as they say, was not -- the site of Nairobi was not selected because it was a healthy place for Europeans to live. In other words, high enough in the mountains. Nairobi was a camp in the construction of a railroad from Mambasa to Uganda and it was chosen because it was a watering place. Nairobi means the place of peaceful watering, I think, in the Maasai language. And right from the beginning it was really terribly malarious. It was so malarious that the doctors on the project wanted to get Nairobi or get the camp moved somewhere else. And it continued to be malarious. There were five major epidemics of malaria in Nairobi and in Kenya up to 1,000 meters higher than Nairobi. Nairobi's at 1,600 meters. There were some transmission even at 2,500 meters.

GLENN: I hate when that happens.

REITER: So basically it's a complete nonsense and we've pointed -- I've pointed this out to the advisors and Mr. Gore for the last 12 years but they've just hung onto that. This is very typical of many of the issues that we are facing and many of us scientists are frustrated because of this kind of misinformation.

GLENN: Paul, I have to tell you we're short on time and there's two things I want to ask you. The first one is last night I had dinner with a bunch of scientists and I asked them at one point -- one guy's career has just been destroyed and I mean, he almost broke out in tears last night. He was like, you know, I got Nobel Prize winning scientists writing letters saying, what, are you guys crazy? This guy's one of the best guys out there. And he said, my career is over because of my stance. And I said, to the entire table, I said, is there anybody here that in the dead of night has said, you know what, I'm just going to go to the other side because it's just not worth it. Every single one of them said no, and I was surprised by their reason. They all said, because millions of people will die because of these policies, that you look over in Africa in particular. With the policies that Al Gore and the people that are pushing for through things like malaria and just starvation and no electricity, no advancement, people will die because of these policies. Do you agree with that or not?

REITER: Well, I'm not a politician and I'm not really qualified to talk about those impacts, although I have read a little bit about it and certainly there are some very curious -- how should I say -- effects of some of these policies. What I can say is that millions more will not die because it gets warmer in Africa. It's plenty warm enough in Africa for a transmission of malaria in most places. And I might just say to you that the highland malaria issue is quite ridiculous because less than 2% of the African continent is about 2,000 meters anyway.

GLENN: You -- real quick you have to tell the story of the Al Gore book has been -- there's a smaller version of it now for schools in Great Britain.

REITER: Yeah.

GLENN: And there's an issue that you have, a small issue with the mosquito thing?

REITER: Well, there are a lot of issues but the thing that's really amusing, there are two pictures on a page. One is labeled mosquito and it's a wasp. It's a parasitic wasp. It's got its sticker in the wrong end. And the other is labeled a tsetse and it is a tsetse fly. I think it probably hit the windshield of a safari vehicle. It's got two legs missing. Both are very good educational pictures.

GLENN: Very good. If you can't even get the pictures right, I mean, how much of the science is actually right. Thank you very much, Paul, and best of luck to you. I'm glad you got your name off of the report.

REITER: Well, pleasure.

GLENN: Best of luck. By the way, the Czech Republic president is going to be on with us tomorrow and tonight we are going to be live at 7:00 and 9:00. If you've never seen a Glenn Beck program live on television, let me put it this way. The standards and practices people, they sweat, a lot. Join me tonight live, 7:00 and 9:00, Headline Prime.

Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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